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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. nuclear arsenal might be subject to cutbacks by a major budget review under way at the Defense Department, despite enjoying relative protection this year from largely across-the-board sequester spending reductions, a senior Defense official said on Thursday.
May 24, 2013 | Nuclear Nonproliferation, Arms Control, Disarmament
A senior North Korean official on Friday said the nation is prepared to offer "positive actions" to prevent conflict in the region, but did not make any corresponding pledge on rolling back Pyongyang's nuclear arms efforts, Reuters reported.
WASHINGTON – A large multinational meeting next week offers an opportunity for new, concrete steps to strengthen a U.S.-led program to catch the illicit movement of weapons of mass destruction, a senior State Department official said.
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WASHINGTON – A group of state governments has filed legal action against the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, saying the scope of an agency review on the impacts of leaving radioactive waste at nuclear power plants sites indefinitely is not as broad as a federal court has mandated.
May 24, 2013 | Chemical Weapons Use
Select medical providers could receive U.S. help to leave Syria so they can present U.N. experts with proof of chemical arms strikes by President Bashar Assad's regime, the Daily Beast reported on Wednesday.
May 24, 2013 | Nuclear Nonproliferation, Arms Control, Disarmament , Sanctions, Nuclear
Dozens of nations on Thursday wrapped up two weeks of naval drills and preparations spanning several key Middle Eastern water bodies and shipping routes, the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command in Bahrain said.
May 24, 2013 | International Perspectives on Missile Defense
Russian President Vladimir Putin has submitted his written reply to a personal letter President Obama sent in April, RIA Novosti reported on Thursday.
May 24, 2013 | Cooperative Threat Reduction, Nuclear
A senior U.S. Defense Department official on Thursday indicated the Obama administration is nearly at the end of successful negotiations with Russia to maintain bilateral work under the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction program, ITAR-Tass reported.
May 24, 2013 | Missile Defense
Analysts have continued to question the real-world viability of missile shield efforts that have cost the United States at least $158 billion since the 1980s, Agence France-Presse reported.
May 24, 2013
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Quote of the Day
Kookmin University professor Andrei Lankov, on the limits to North Korea's willingness to take "positive actions" pledged on Friday. READERS' NOTE: Global Security Newswire will not be published on Monday. Please look for our next edition on Tuesday, May 28.
North Koreans might be willing to make small concessions and even agree to remain calm for a while. But the nuclear issue is not negotiable.